Growing up, there was a lot of highlife music around me, but somehow, I wasn’t drawn to it. This was probably because in my mind at the time, I translated highlife into “old people’s music.” What better way to spite your parents than to detest what they love? This meant that regardless of how much the rhythmic sounds of highlife music moved me, I didn’t get my boogie on. Okay, maybe privately but definitely not out in the open.
Sadly, I didn’t really get down with the genre although I always recognized the sound as a unique, Ghanaian creation. Nowadays, I am crazy interested in highlife but I hit a roadblock after listening for a while with so much hip hop and electro knocking my cranium. Alas, my appreciation for highlife is avid while fleeting.
Thank goodness for Yung Fly, the steady rising Accra producer, whose innate joy for classics and skill for transposing those classics into dope, new soundscapes sets him leagues apart from his peers.
Cheers for the producer’s latest offering, Opus to Ebo Taylor, released on Yung Fly’s 21st birthday in October 2014. Funk out to highlife by the indomitable Ebo Taylor interspersed with some seriously heavy hip hop vibes. Or perhaps it’s the other way round…
Check out Yung Fly’s work below.